By miles run. Vehicles PMCSed. Hallways mopped.
By loads of laundry. By haircuts. By weekends.
Counting down by movies, details, 24 hour shifts at a desk. By oil changes. Holidays. Phone calls.
By morning report and close of business. By beads of sweat. Speeches and safety briefs.
Counting down by New Arrivals, Old Timers riding off into the sunset. By insults between friends.
By stops at the gate to show the ID. By traffic jams on I-5. Gallons of gas. Episode after episode, channel after channel. By infomercial.
By winks and nods.
By clenched jaws and rolled eyes. Moments of clarity and hours of mundane confusion or blind indifference.
Counting down from each time the boots are tied. By pairs of socks peeled off of sweaty feet.